Tickets being resold at inflated prices for the All-Ireland SFC Gaelic football semi-final have been cancelled by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
The highly anticipated clash between Dublin and Tyrone sold out in less than five minutes on Wednesday morning when tickets went on sale.
Tickets were soon found on resale platforms such as Seatwave and Viagogo for as much as €207 (£189/$245), despite official prices ranging from €30 to €45 for adults.
The GAA cancelled a number of tickets on Thursday in response, and have reportedly asked resellers to take down tickets that are advertised above face value.
While the governing body confirmed that there had been tickets voided in the double-digit range, it would not reveal an official figure.
“The GAA can confirm that is has cancelled a number of tickets for the upcoming GAA Football semi-final meeting of Dublin and Tyrone on August 27,” a statement released today by the GAA read.
“Requests have also been made directly to platforms selling tickets above face value to remove them from sale and the situation continues to be monitored by the GAA’s ticket office.
“Supporters and members are urged not to buy tickets from unofficial sources for above face value as they risk purchasing tickets that may be cancelled.”
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who proposed a Private Members’ Bill last year outlawing ticket touting, said, according to the Independent.ie news website: “I am glad to see the GAA’s proactive stance in the battle against ticket touts. Like every fan, I was disgusted to see tickets going on offer far above face value yesterday – only hours after they had gone on sale.
“It’s quite clear that we need stricter rules and regulations in place, and I am glad to see the GAA playing their part.”
“It’s true to say that this problem has gotten worse and worse, with more formalised systematic touting taking place than ever before. This is pricing real fans out of games and concerts, which isn’t fair. That’s why I have put legislation forward to bring an end to this.”